A gilt-bronze figure of Amitabha Buddha, Sui - early Tang dynasty

隋至唐初 鎏金銅阿彌陀佛坐像

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A gilt-bronze figure of Amitabha Buddha
Sui - early Tang dynasty
隋至唐初 鎏金銅阿彌陀佛坐像

Height 4⅜ in., 11.1 cm.

PROVENANCE
Zondewan, Brussels, 8th April 1916.
Collection of Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949).
Collection of Raymonde Féron-Stoclet (1897-1963).
Eskenazi, Ltd., London, March 2003.

來源
Zondewan,布魯塞爾,1916年4月8日
Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949) 收藏
Raymonde Féron-Stoclet (1897-1963) 收藏
埃斯卡納齊,倫敦,2003年3月

EXHIBITED
Exhibition of Chinese Art, Municipal Museum, Amsterdam, 1925.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1980-93 (on loan).
Collectors' Choice, Asia Society, New York, 2007.
Expressions of the Buddhist Faith, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, 2010.
Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2017-2018.

展覽
《Exhibition of Chinese Art》,阿姆斯特丹博物館,1925年
克利夫蘭藝術博物館,1980至1993年(借展)
《Collectors' Choice》,亞洲協會,紐約,2007年
《Expressions of the Buddhist Faith》,維吉尼亞大學美術館,夏洛茨維爾,2010年
《Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection》,休士頓美術館,休士頓,2017至2018年

LITERATURE
Leigh Ashton, An Introduction to the Study of Chinese Sculpture, London, 1924 pl. XL, fig. 2.
Exhibition of Chinese Art, Municipal Museum, Amsterdam, 1925, no. 99.
H.F.E. Visser, Asiatic Art in Private Collections of Holland and Belgium, Amsterdam, 1948, pl. 79, no. 154.
Georges A. Salles and Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt, Collection Adophe Stoclet, Brussels, 1956, pp 384-385 .
Jacques Van Goldsenhoven, Héros et Divinités de la Chine, Brussels, 1971, pl. 71
Leopold Swergold, Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes, 2014, pl. 17.
Beatrice Chan, "Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston", Arts of Asia, January/February 2018, pp 58-65.

出版
Leigh Ashton,《 An Introduction to the Study of Chinese Sculpture》,倫敦,1924年,圖版 XL,圖2
《Exhibition of Chinese Art》,阿姆斯特丹博物館,1925年,編號99
H.F.E. Visser,《Asiatic Art in Private Collections of Holland and Belgium》,阿姆斯特丹,1948年,圖版79,編號154
Georges A. Salles 及 Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt,《Collection Adophe Stoclet》,布魯塞爾,1956年,頁384至385
Jacques Van Goldsenhoven,《Héros et Divinités de la Chine》,布魯塞爾,1971年,圖版71
Leopold Swergold,《Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes》,2014年,圖版17
Beatrice Chan,〈Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston〉,《Arts of Asia》,2018年1至2月,頁58至65

This extremely rare figure depicts Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light, who rules over the Western Paradise where the faithful are reborn on lotus blossoms. He is seated with legs crossed in padmasana, eyes closed and face radiating an expression of serene meditation. His neatly cropped hair reveals the prominent ushnisha. Seated figures of the Sui dynasty are rarely found. Here, the elegance of the richly gilded sculpture, which is devoid of the elaborate jewelry and exhibits a more slender face and body, corroborates a Sui date. Originally acquired by the renowned Belgian collector Adolphe Stoclet in 1916, the figure has an illustrious publication and exhibition history.
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